Sellers did you know that even when working with a real estate agent, you are required to particpate in the process?
I don't mean the marketing aspect and getting prospective buyers through the door (well sort of). But what I really mean is that if you are using a real estate agent, it would stand to reason that you are doing so because you have no idea or experience in selling real estate and the myriad of details involved.
You hire a real estate agent to consult with you on a number of things including but not limited to pricing, marketing strategiesstaging, etc. And because real estate agents are in and out of homes every day, they will advise you of what makes a home show well and ultimately sell.
This advice is to elicit action on your part and every suggestion should be taken as a sincere attempt to move you closer towards your goal of selling your home at market value and doing so in the shortest amount of time possible.
I'll bet that whatever you do for a living (if it's not selling real estate), you do it far better than your real estate agent and you are far more knowledgeable about what it takes to achieve results in your job. It's an uphill battle when working with a seller that dismisses the professional advice of a seasoned real estate agent.
Here's something for you to think about: If you have consulted with a real estate agent and ultimately signed a listing agreement with the agent without having taken him/her up on their best advice, how much effort do you think will really go into selling your home. After all, if you are not willing to put forth any effort to assist in the process, it seems a considerable waste of time for your agent to expend countless dollars marketing your home, paying for gas to commute prospects, endless efforts in networking (on and offline) and the most we can hope for is that you'll leave home IF we have an interested buyer. If you can't afford to make the home show ready, consider delaying the listing.
This does not apply to all sellers and is simply meant as food for thought.